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Packing for College

Jay Johnson Wellness Center

What to (and not to) bring to college in order to stay healthy!


A mini first aid kit with:

  • band aids (small and large)
  • antibiotic ointment
  • a pain reliever such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen
  • a thermometer
  • a four inch ace wrap if you are athletic
  • sunscreen
  • mosquito repellant
  • several sterile gauze pads and bandage tape
  • a heating pad

Prescription medication

If you require medication on a regular basis:

  • Bring enough of your medication with you for the first month.
  • Make arrangements to have the prescription electronically transferred to a local Winona Pharmacy. Winona has several major chains including Shopko, K-mart, and Target.
  • If you have a medication that cannot be electronically transferred, have your physician write you a new prescription, which you can take to a local pharmacy once you are settled in on campus.
  • Have a written list of the medication you take and why among your personal items and be sure you have supplied a similar list to Student Health.



Unless you are on a daily antibiotic (such as for acne), DO NOT BRING ANY WITH YOU. We often find students who come with leftover medication from a prior illness in case they feel ill. This is dangerous as these medications are often used inappropriately and can aggravate a condition, mask a test (such as a strep screen), or create resistant bacteria strains.

Someone else's medication

If the medication is not prescribed for you, you should not have it with you. If you have a medical condition that requires a specific medication, see your health care provider and have him/her write a prescription for you. This ensures better health care and accurate medication and treatment for your condition.

The belief that you have to "tough it out"

This is both an exciting and scary time as you explore new horizons. There is no question too silly or small. If you have a question about your health, call us. If we don't have an answer for you, we'll help you find one.